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Focusing on Kids’ Eye Safety

Choosing the best toys with eye safety in mind is something all parents are concerned with. How can parents make sure they choose toys that keep kids' eyes safe?

Babies don't have an entirely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Nothing stimulates a child's visual development better than playing, which encourages hand-eye coordination and learning about spatial relationships. Between the ages of 0-3 months, babies can't totally differentiate between colors, so objects with bold, black and white patterns can be stimulating for them.

Kids spend a lot of time with their toys, so it's good for parents to know if those toys are safe or not. A toy that is not age appropriate is often not safe. Hand-in-hand with age appropriateness is to be sure that the toy is developmentally appropriate, too. Despite the fact that toy manufacturers include targeted age groups on the box, you still need to be alert, and be attentive, so that your child doesn't play with anything that might be unsafe.

Blocks are a safe and useful choice for kids of most ages, but for younger children, you need to be sure that they have no sharp edges and corners, to lessen the possibility of danger to the eyes, or any other part of the body. Toy size is also important take note of. The general rule with toddlers is that a toy that is mouth size is not something they should have access to. Put that small toy away until your son or daughter is more appropriately aged.

Any plush toys are best if machine washable, and, for younger children, without any very small pieces can easily come off, like buttons or ribbons. Steer clear of toys with edges or sharp components for little kids, and if your kids have toys with long handles, like pony sticks, make sure the end is rounded. Closely watch toddlers when they play with such toys.

For kids younger than 6, stay clear of toys which shoot, such as arrows. Even if a child is old enough to play with such toys, you still need to pay attention with toys like that. Whereas, if you have older kids who enjoy chemistry sets or woodworking tools, always check that they wear correct safety eyewear.

So when shopping for a special occasion, keep a close eye out for the company's recommendation about the intended age group for the toy. Ensure that toys you buy won't pose any harm to your child - even if your child really wants it.